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Tales of Tomorrow #9: The Crystal Egg

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Tales of Tomorrow #9: The Crystal Egg

Published 1951

From the live tv anthology series Tales of Tomorrow.

After a customer is overly eager to buy a crystal egg, an antique shop owner does the only logical thing: takes it to the chairman of Cambridge's physics department (played by Thomas Mitchell, Uncle Billy from It's a Wonderful Life), who discovers the egg's secret.

From a story by H. G. Wells

More info at the IMDB.

Upload courtesy of Inventing Situations.

Hopefully in the public domain.

Run time 23:46
Producer George E. Foley
Audio/Visual sound, b/w
Language English


Thomas Mitchell - Professor Frederick Vanech
Edgar Stehli - Mr. Cave


Reviewer: I_h8_screen_names - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 23, 2013
Subject: The Crystal Egg - ToT
A mysterious customer seeks to be a crystal egg from a curio shop. When the shopkeeper sees how much the man wants the egg, he asks a large price, much more than the customer has in his pocket. The mystery man tells the shopkeeper to hold on to the egg and he will return with the full price.
This has caused the shopkeeper to wonder about the value of the egg and he seeks the help of a professor about just whether or not this egg is trash or treasure.

The young woman who is supposed to be interested in the professor is just nonsense. She adds absolutely nothing to the plot at all and her acting and fake accent are abysmal. Maybe someone's girlfriend wanted to be on an episode of ToT???? That part is strange, just strange.

Over all it is a good episode and actually even a little spooky
Reviewer: pianocharlie - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 29, 2011
Subject: Fine Episode from a Fine Early SciFi Series
In the early days of television, special effects were often thin and sketchy. In this particular episode, thin special effects perfectly complement the great ensemble work by the cast, and only serve to direct the viewer's attention to the story, and its superb adaptation to the small, slightly blurry television screen of the early 1950s.
To the SciFi community, HG Wells is one of the fathers of us all. He is one of but a handful of speculative fiction authors whose works show up in academic reading lists, and whose works have been admitted to the canon of classic literature.
The adaptation presented here is very strong. Simple sets and a fine ensemble on camera portray the story in a realistic manner. I award this s very generous 4 1/2 stars, and on the Archive rating system, I'll give it a "five".
Reviewer: learning richard - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 26, 2010
Subject: Solid Suspense
H. G. Wells gave a us good story here. Farfetched but not dated even by today's knowledge (2010 that is). It seems a bit cynical and the ending left this viewer wondering more than I wished to. However it was enjoyable. If you are a sci-fi fan this short story is more than worth 24 minutes of your time.

The technical shortcomings of this film such as poor tonality and an overly dark picture took this film from 4.5 to 3.5 stars which I was forced to round to 4 stars.
Reviewer: Shadows_Girl - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 30, 2010
Subject: Thomas Mitchell
is better known for his role as Scarlett O'Hara's father in GONE WITH THE WIND than for that tired old piece of tripe It's A Wonderful Life (which, by the way, it isn't---unless you're Jimmy Stewart). His death in GWTW sets up one of the most dramatic moments later in the film.

Good sci-fi though....
Reviewer: XMinusOne - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 12, 2008
Subject: A damned good science fiction story
A damned good science fiction story, and an excellent television adaptation for its time. Well worth watching at least a second time.
Reviewer: rq52 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 21, 2007
Subject: tales of funII
As many of these you can get! Please, more!
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